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Square Earrings with Beads

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Instructions for making Square Earrings with beads, made using WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire, and common jewelry supplies.



These earrings are similar to the "Simple Earrings" that we made last summer.  They are very basic earrings that are easy to make, and yet because of their interesting shape they are quite popular. 

This jewelry making project is excellent for beginners.  The earrings are easy to make, don't cost much, and can be completed relatively quickly.  If you don't like the name "Square" earrings, you can call them "Diamond" earrings as they hang on the diagonal of the square. 

Square Earrings with Beads made with gold jewelry wire and Montana Swarovski beads  Square Earrings with Beads made using WigJig jewelry tools.  Square Earrings with Beads made with common jewelry making supplies.
Square Earrings with Beads

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Any WigJig jewelry tool
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutters
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • Hammer (Optional)
  • Anvil (Optional)
  • Bent Closing Pliers (Optional)
  • 20 minutes of free time

Step-by-step instructions for making Square Earrings with Beads using WigJig jewelry tools and made out of jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Cut two pieces of 20 gauge sterling silver, gold-filled or gold jewelry wire to a length of 3 1/2 inches long.  Do not use colored wire for making these earrings (other than for practice).  Colored wire can contain chemicals that do not belong inside the human body.

Step 2:  Make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut.  Please see this web page for an explanation of the flush cut.

Step 3:  Holding the loop in the end of the jewelry wire segments pull the wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers several times to straighten the wire. 

Step 4:  Position five metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Place the loop you made in one end of the jewelry wire over peg 1 and wrap the wire around the pegs in the order shown.  With 1/2 hard jewelry wire you will want to push the jewelry wire slightly beyond the point where you want it to end up so that when you remove your hands from the wire it will relax back to the point where you want it.  There are two ways to do this.  Either you can remove a peg, push the wire beyond where the peg would be and then replace the peg, or you can lift the wire over the peg and push it beyond the peg so that it relaxes back to just barely touch the peg.  The pattern shown at right is for the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool.  A similar pattern would work for the WigJig Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tools.  At the end of this section, we will provide a pattern for the WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tools.

Square Earrings with Beads made with jet beads and gold jewelry wire. Square Earrings with Beads made with Crystal AB Beads and common jewelry supplies.



Step 4 to instructions for making Square Earrings showing peg pattern for shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 4




Step 5:  When you have completed wrapping the jewelry wire around the pegs, remove the wire from the jewelry making jig.  Now cut the wire at the end about 3/16" from the point where the wire touched peg 2.  See the figure at right for how the jewelry wire should look at this point. 

Square Earrings with Beads Step 5 showing jewelry wire shape after removing from WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 5

 




Step 6:  Now cut off the initial loop.  The wire should appear as shown at right.

Square Earrings with Beads Step 6 showing jewelry wire shape.
Step 6

 



Step 7:  Now using your round nose pliers or your step jaw pliers if you have them make a loop in the beginning of the jewelry wire, where you just cut off the beginning loop.  The size of your loop will determine whether you have any excess wire.  With the loop shown at right, there was a small amount of excess wire.  When completed the loop should appear as shown at right. 

Square Earrings with Beads Step 7 showing loop in jewelry wire made using common jewelry tools.
Step 7




Step 8:  Cut the excess wire.  Be sure to position the flat side of your flush cutters toward the finished piece so that the flat side of the cut wire remains on the finished piece.  Now close the loop using your bent chain nose pliers as described here.

Square Earrings with Beads Step 8 showing final shape of jewelry wire.
Step 8

Step 9:  Now thread an 8mm bead onto a 1 1/2 inch head pin and make a bead dangle using your round nose pliers, your bent chain nose pliers and your flush cutter.  Instructions for making a bead dangle can be found here.  You have a choice as to how to add the bead dangle to the earrings.  You can make the initial loop in the bead dangle and add this to the loop in the square ear wire that you completed in step 8, then wrap the end of the head pin around itself, or you can make the bead dangle by itself and open the loop in the square ear wire add the bead dangle and then close the loop.  The finished earrings will appear as shown at right. 

These earrings can be hammered using a chasing hammer and anvil to harden the design.  This is not required, but hammering the three corners might be a good idea if you plan on selling the earrings.  Hammering will make the design stiffer and more permanent.

Square Earrings with Beads made with Crystal AB Beads using WigJig jewelry tools.
The pattern for making these earrings on the WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tools is shown at right. Instructions for making Square Earrings with Beads showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.
Cyclops Pattern
Jewelry Making Supplies:

1.  Jewelry Wire

  • 20 Gauge Sterling Silver 1/2 Hard (Item 2210) or
  • 20 Gauge Gold-Filled 1/2 Hard (Item 1012)

2.  Round Glass Beads

  • 8mm Round Swarovski Crystal AB 50 Facet Beads (Item 2665) or
  • 8mm Round Swarovski Jet 25 Facet Beads (Item 2685) or
  • 8mm Round Swarovski Montana Blue 50 Facet Beads (Item 2510)

3.  Head Pins 1 1/2 Inch

  • 1 1/2 Inch Standard Sterling Silver Head Pin (Item 0080) or
  • 1 1/2 Inch Thin Sterling Silver Head Pin (Item 0082) or
  • 1 1/2 Inch Standard Gold-Filled Head Pin (Item 0067) or
  • 1 1/2 Inch Thin Gold-Filled Head Pin (Item 0069)

Alternative design for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

One easy alternative design is to make the corners of the square more rounded.  This can easily be done by replacing pegs 2, 3, 4 and 5 with a 3/16" or 1/4" round Super Peg instead of the regular metal pegs shown in these instructions. 

 

Square Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Crystal AB Beads

Square Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Jet Beads

Square Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Montana Beads

Square Earrings made with Swarovski Crystal Beads and gold jewelry wire.Alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

Small Square Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads

Here is an alternative design that may be easier to make and to wear than the larger Square Earrings we described in the prior sections.  The design on the right are the Square Earrings described previously.  The design on the left is called Small Square Earrings and uses 4 pegs in a square separated by one empty hole each.  The peg pattern for these earrings is shown below.  Each earring requires 2 inches of 1/2 hard 20 gauge round jewelry wire. 

 

Small Square Earrings made by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tools.


We used a slightly different approach for making these earrings than described earlier.  We used only 4 pegs and for this reason, the initial loop is on the inside of the square in the pattern, but on the outside of the square when the earrings are worn.  To achieve this change, we used our bent chain nose pliers to rotate the square from the inside of the square to the outside of the square after the wire was removed from the jig.  Other than this simple change, the steps for de-burring the cut end of the wire and the hardening of the earrings using a hammer and anvil remain the same. 

The smaller size of these Small Square Earrings may actually make them easier to wear and less likely to fall off during wear. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions: 

If you want ear wires that aren't vanilla, this ear wire design may be what you need.  This is a very simple, quick, easy to make earring design.  It is a great jewelry making project for beginners.  These earrings will stay on better if you use heavier beads. 

 

 



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